Patrick Connaughton is Senior Research Director at The Hackett Group. He leads the development of The Hackett Group’s intellectual property in the areas of strategic sourcing and procurement. He has over 15 years of experience in supply chain and procurement research and advisory roles. He has published groundbreaking research in areas like spend analysis, contract life cycle management, supplier risk assessments and services procurement. Prior to joining the company, he was principal analyst at Forrester Research, where he focused primarily on helping executives mitigate risk through more effective supplier relationship management. Previously, Mr. Connaughton was a consulting manager at Manhattan Associates and Accenture.